Founded in 2004 in Riverside, California, the Remission Inn is referred to as a gentleman’s sober living home. The house itself looks like it time-travelled from the Victorian era. At the Remission Inn, residents enjoy a sense of independence and camaraderie. In many ways, the Remission Inn operates like an Oxford House, which works on a democratic protocol, where the entire household has a say in day-to-day issues, basic regulations and admission procedures.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Remission Inn is an old Victorian home built in 1895. The white house has cherry red trim and includes a quaint garden with a stone table, rose bushes, a Cherub water fountain and an outdoor porch. The interior, which is decorated with antique style furniture, includes a common area and fully equipped kitchen, both with cable. Remission Inn accommodates seven men, not including the house manager Zach McKinney. There are two doubles and three singles, reserved for senior residents. Rooms are completely furnished, and include twin beds, dressers, nightstands, closets and lamps.
Residents are responsible for their own groceries, and meals are prepared in fully equipped kitchens. Refrigerator and cubby space is assigned so that the men have enough room for their food and beverages. Amenities include cable, laundry facilities, three felines, central air-conditioning and heating plus Wi-Fi.
Rules and Regulations
Potential clients usually have at least a minimum of one year of sobriety, but all applicants must have been clean and sober for at least 30 days. Prior to admission, the men undergo a comprehensive assessment with McKinney. After that, they tour the house, and are invited to sit in at a house meeting, where residents interview them. Much like an Oxford House, the existing residents of Remission Inn must vote in new arrivals.
Requirements are simple. The men have to work, go to school or volunteer. They must be doing something productive with their time. Couch potatoes are not allowed at the Remission Inn. During the first 30 days, the curfew is 10 pm seven days a week. After that time, there is no curfew. Additionally, they must attend 12-step meetings, the house meeting and perform household chores. There is a lot of independence at the Remission Inn, but there is also a zero tolerance policy. On Mondays, there are drug and alcohol screenings. Two residents are randomly picked. Breathalyzers are also administered on a random basis, or if a client appears under the influence. Residents who relapse must leave immediately. Usually, McKinney ensures that they have a safe place to land, including a hotel or a shelter.
Remission Inn is a member of the Riverside County Sober Living Coalition Sober Living Network.
Remission Inn offers men who have some time under their belt a chance to really experience their lives, while they maintain accountability. The men are very close, and this family-style sober living is usually full. Residents love it here so much that often they stay for years, but new applicants are welcome to join a waiting list. Remission Inn does not disclose their address, for the safety and privacy of their clients.
Riverside, CA 92501
Remission Inn Cost: $425 (30 days). Reach Remission Inn by phone at (951) 452-1056 or by email at [email protected].
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